Aston Villa clinch draw vs Brighton
Aston Villa took on Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
Villa began the day sat in the relegation zone, but after 17th placed Watford dropped points earlier in the day, the Lions had a great chance to move out of the bottom three.
Dean Smith’s side were unable to do so, though, as they drew 1-1 with Brighton.
Leandro Trossard fired the Seagulls into the lead with 38 minutes on the clock.
And that strike looked to have clinched all three points for Brighton. But Jack Grealish would once again step up for Villa, equalising in the 75th minute to earn a point for the relegation-battling outfit.
Highlights: Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa
Smith on Samatta
The Brighton clash once again saw Villa line up without a recognised centre-forward.
Villa would lose main striker Wesley at the beginning of this year, with the Brazilian ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
The Club can confirm that Tom Heaton and Wesley both suffered significant knee ligament damage during our match with Burnley on Wednesday and will now miss the rest of the season. #AVFC
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 3, 2020
However, it appears as though Aston Villa are edging closer to adding some much-needed firepower up top.
Speaking after Saturday’s tie, Villa boss Dean Smith claimed that they are getting close to completing a deal for Mbwana Samatta:
“We’re getting very close. I think the paperwork is just being ticked off with Samatta.
“If we can get that done, we’ll be really pleased because he’s a good player and on top of that, he’s a really good character as well.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.
Samatta is currently plying his trade in the Jupiler Pro League with Genk.
In 28 outings across all competitions for the Belgian outfit this term, Samatta has scored 10 and assisted two.